Welcome to the Virtual Worlds News Wrap-Up for the week of October 1, 2010. The Wrap-Up is where VWN spotlights stories that we didn't get to cover individually, but still make for interesting reading about the virtual worlds industry.
- EverQuest II Extended Now Live: EverQuest II's free-to-play version left open beta this week and officially launched.
- Study Says Virtual World Accounts Number 1 Billion: The total number of accounts created across all major virtual worlds has exceeded 1 billion. 468 million of these accounts are held by players aged 10 to 15 in youth-oriented worlds like Club Penguin. Adults 25 and up account for only 25 million accounts. Nearly 350 million accounts were created in just the past six months.
- Ubisoft To Release Free-To-Play Petz MMO: Ubisoft plans to publish Petz World, a free-to-play MMO based on its Petz line of pet simulator games for consoles and handhelds.
- Verizon To Use OpenFeint For Android Game Recommendations: Verizon, Rogers Wireless, and Bell Mobility have signed a deal with OpenFeint that will use the network to recommend games to users of Android-based handsets.